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Memorable Manitobans: Gédéon Bourdeau (1844-1922)

Civil servant.

Born at Laprairie, Quebec on 19 August 1844, he was educated at Prof. Humphrey O’Regan’s private academy. He then moved to Montreal and learned the printing trade in the office of E. Senecal, publisher of L’Ordre. He later worked for publishers of the Witness and Gazette. He then worked in insurance, a bank, and chief accountant of a loan company. In 1880 he moved to Chicago as chief cashier of a large company. He came to Manitoba in May 1883 and was appointed Deputy Provincial Secretary. The next year he became Queen’s Printer of Manitoba. In early 1888, he took several thousand dollars from his provincial funds and quietly left for the USA. He died at Montreal on 6 December 1922 and is buried in the city’s Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

“Gone to the states”, Manitoba Free Press, 18 February 1888.

We thank Marie-Hélène Bourdeau for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2012

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